New research into attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is yielding positive results for treatment without the use of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall. These stimulant type drugs work when they “activate brain circuits that support attention and focused behavior, thus reducing hyperactivity,” according to the National Institutes of Health. For people who have not responded well to the most commonly prescribed drugs or those who prefer not to take pharmaceuticals, alternative treatments are needed.
Vitamin and mineral supplements may be just as effective as the use of pharmaceuticals to help control symptoms of ADHD. However, without scientific evidence, most doctors will automatically prescribe the pharmaceuticals without considering other options.
Julia Rucklidge of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and lead author of a study on micronutrients and ADHD said,
“Although some practitioners have been using micronutrients to treat mental illness for many decades, the research has been scant or non-existent”.